Unity is a worldwide movement focused on positive spiritual practices to enrich all aspects of your life. Unity is inclusive, honoring all people, and each unique person’s path to spiritual growth. Unity creates an affirming environment that fosters positive self-image, personal responsibility and unconditional love and acceptance.
To make all of this possible, we are grateful to have a team of fantastic individuals who bless our community with their time, talent, and treasure, elevating our collective consciousness and propelling us forward.
Rev. Ken Daigle
Rev. Ken Daigle is a passionate spiritual teacher and speaker whose deep commitment and knowledge are conveyed with irresistable enthusiasm. Ken grew up in New Orleans, and its spirit of music, dance, and celebration still permeates his life to this day. He moved from the Big Easy to the Big Aple for show business and enjoyed a successful and exciting career as a professional actor, singer, dancer, director, and choreographer.
Ken graduated from Unity Institute and Seminary, MDiv program in 2012, when he was serving as the Spiritual Leader of Unity of Fremont, CA. In 2013, he became the Senior Minister of Unity San Francisco, where he developed and published three inspirational courses for his company, Absolute Abundance. This trio of interactive and experiential courses has revolutionized how we teach prosperity and have benefitted thousands of students and dozens of ministers across the United States and Canada.
Ken currently serves as Board Chair at Unity World Headquarters in Kansas City, MO. Starting in 2015, Ken and his husband, JD Schramm, adopted three children, Tobias, Roma, and Joshua, and make their home on a lovely hilltop in San Francisco.
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: The Quantum You
With Rev. Ken Daigle
Chief Operating Officer
David Monticalvo is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the church, such as volunteer and staff engagement, office management, communications, and the development / execution of various strategic plans. He has extensive experience in project management roles, having worked in health care, academic, and social service settings. He has a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Florida, and a Bachelor of Social Work.
David discovered the Unity teachings at a very pivotal point in his life, which has deeply empowered him. He is actively enrolled in Spiritual Education & Enrichment courses through Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute. He currently lives in San Francisco with his partner John, dog Graham, and dozens of plants. He enjoys singing, writing, studying metaphysics, and spending time with family and friends.
Licensed Unity Teachers
Laura Taylor has been on a dedicated spiritual path for many years and loves the way Unity’s message and teachings touch people. She has been a Licensed Unity Teacher since 2015 and offers classes, workshops and retreats at Unity San Francisco and speaks at Unity and New Thought centers.
Laura delights in guiding people into experiencing and deepening their awareness of their own innate and beautiful Spiritual Essence. She has been a Holistic Practitioner for over 35 years and has a private practice in San Francisco as a Hypnotherapist and Energy Worker in the Mind-Body-Soul realms.
Dave Cooperberg became a Licensed Unity Teacher in November, 2018. He has been a licensed (MFT12549) psychotherapist in private practice since 1978. Since 1971, Buddhist silent meditation has been his foundational spiritual practice.
His life work emphasizes empowering others to live life more consciously and from their highest good. Whether through psychotherapy, spiritual direction, teaching classes, or leading meditation retreats, Dave finds joy in helping others bloom into expressing their own divine nature.
Board of Trustees
Frank grew up in Wisconsin in a large Catholic Family, attending both Catholic grade school and high schools, but he no longer resonated with his religion of origin after going away to college. He moved to San Francisco in 1979 and embarked on a new spiritual journey via the teachings of Louise Hay and A Course in Miracles. After a close friend passed away in 1995, he discovered the Metropolitan Community Church and attended services there for 22 years.
In 2017, Frank started attending services weekly at Unity San Francisco, taking many classes and involving himself with service to the community. “In Unity,” he says, “I’ve found a spiritual home that fits my eclectic spirituality and need for a nondogmatic, inclusive congregation. Being on the Board allows me to give back to this community where I am so spiritually well-fed.”
Elaine Bostwick Smith
Board Vice President
Born and raised in the Bay Area, Elaine has been attending Unity San Francisco for over 20 years. She spent 35 years as a research associate, and the last 8 years as an Executive Assistant at Fresh Lifelines for Youth, a non-profit serving youth in three Bay Area counties.
Elaine is now retired, and she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, serving on the board at Unity San Francisco, and singing with the Sounds of Unity Choir and the Silicon Valley Diversity Choir.
Ethel grew up in a Roman Catholic family before finding her way to Siddha Yoga and finally to Unity. She attended and served at Unity Chapel, Southgate, Michigan for about 30 years before arriving at Unity of San Francisco about a year and a half ago. She started out taking classes and then began attending services. She is a Licensed Unity Teacher (2003) and is currently a student at Unity Worldwide Spiritual Institute in the Spiritual Direction Certificate program. Of her varied spiritual background, Ethel states that Catholicism taught her a love of ritual and sacred music while Siddha Yoga taught her oneness and that everyone carries divinity within them. Eric Butterworth’s book, Discover the Power Within You, was Ethel’s introduction to Unity (1991) and she’s been with us ever since.
Ethel received a master of social work degree in interpersonal mental health practice from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. She was raised in Monroe and currently lives in Allen Park, Michigan with her husband Peter. Having retired after 28 years of service with the Federal Government where she was employed as a clinical social worker and health system specialist, Ethel now spends her time keeping up with friends, trying out some new hobbies, and playing with her dog, Brookie. She is happy to be serving on the Board of Trustees at Unity of San Francisco and looks forward to ensuring that the remote community’s needs are considered during board deliberations and actions.
Board Member at Large
Founder Prancing Ponies Foundation 501(c)3, Rally and Car Show which ‘Creates Women Leaders One Girl at a Time’ through by supporting Women’s attendance to workshops, seminars, and conferences they can otherwise not afford. The Foundation is supported by the first All Woman Car Show during Monterey Car Week, the first all-female Ferrari rally in the world, and local rallies and fashions how fundraisers. These fundraising events have been covered by over 100+ media outlets including Bloomberg, CBS, ABC, NBC, Huffington Post, MonacoLife, TurboM6 France, Restoration Garage and recently featured in Wall Street Journal as the number one story of 2020. She has met many luminaries such as race car driver Lyn St. James, Oprah Winfrey, and Mavis & Jay Leno.
Prior to founding Prancing Ponies, Chanterria received her BA from CSU Hayward and her MBA in Entrepreneurship from the International University of Monaco. After graduating, she was recruited as VP of an IT startup in Brussels, Belgium where she represented the only European company on the FTC’s online behavior targeting panel along with Yahoo, Microsoft, Google and Apple – her lone dissenting opinion is represented in the GDPR law passed in 2018. She then became the first employee of a startup biotech in the San Francisco Bay Area that went public.
She currently lives between Monaco and San Francisco where she holds the title of the first Black American Women to buy a Ferrari in California and to relax she enjoys racing her Ferrari named ‘Coco’, participating in European and US rallies, and dancing – her favorite past time since graduating from San Francisco School of the Arts High School.
Board Member at Large
John was first introduced to Unity Principles in 1992 in St. Petersburgh, Florida while attending a twelve-step group that met at a Unity Church. He became a student of metaphysics at The St. Petersburg Church of Religious Science. After leaving Florida, his spiritual and life journey took several twists and turns. He rediscovered Unity while living in Louisville, Kentucky. He became a member of Unity of East Louisville, where he served as a Prayer Chaplin. When John moved back to the Bay Area, he became very active in live theater. It was a theater gig that brought him to Unity of San Francisco. He performed the one-person play “My Will and My Life” by Fr. Harry Cronin at Unity of SF on Busch Street. He began attending regularly and became a member at the height of the pandemic. He is happy and grateful to Unity San Francisco for being an authentic and welcoming spiritual home. He is a member of the choir and hospitality team and is quite humbled to serve on the Board of Trustees. John’s professional career has been as varied as his spiritual journey. He is a veteran of The United States Air Force. In both the casino and cruise industries, he held leadership positions. John attended St Petersburg College in Florida and studied Theater Arts. He has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing Management and a Master of Science in Human Resource Leadership from Sullivan University in Louisville, KY. John acts, directs, and produces theater. He also works as a Human Resource Director and does HR consulting work.
Board Member at Large
Susan moved from Maryland to the Bay Area in 2015 and found a spiritual home at Unity San Francisco. She has served on the Board since 2017. During her tenure, Unity SF sold a building, bought a building, and dealt with a Pandemic.
She is an interior designer, and manages furniture and construction projects for the federal government. The Unity Board is a great example of a team that honors individual members and the community. This approach is what sustained us through a period of change and contributed to our success during a Pandemic.
She is honored to serve on a Board that leads from principle. This experience has improved her parenting, relationships, and career.
Aneesha Raines serves Treasurer on the Unity San Francisco Board. Aneesha has extensive experience in software development and engineering. She holds a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering. Originally from Michigan, Aneesha currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys international travel.
Advisor to the Board
Carole grew up in Western Canada, not far from the Canadian Rockies. Always interested in design, color, and textiles, she studied at the New York School of Design, after which she traveled to Australia, where she opened a shop selling original garments that she created to feature dyeing techniques on natural fabrics. The creative process and entrepreneurial aspect of developing a wholesale business was thrilling, but the pull of family brought her back to San Francisco, where she continued to develop her dyeing techniques and sell her wares to boutiques and specialty stores across the country.
Spiritually, Carole’s interest was sparked when reading the works of Joseph Campbell. Very much a seeker, her spiritual path eventually lead her to Unity San Francisco, where she instantly felt at home and enrolled in each new class that was offered. Through learning the Core Values of the community, along with the Five Principles of Unity, she knew that it was a place where she could learn, grow, and serve.
Today, she is a member of the Prayer Chaplains, along with the governing board and hospitality team. Being a part of Unity has enriched her life and helped her to become more comfortable with who she is as she happily creates the life she wishes based on Unity Principles. She enjoys painting, gardening, working with mosaics, and, of course, serving passionately as a member of the Unity community.
Advisor to the Board
Tylor grew up in Phoenix and also lived in Tulsa, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo. Tylor moved to San Francisco in late 2001. In 2002 Tylor began attending a Center for Spiritual Living community in SF and stayed for ten years! At that community he served in various roles including Vision Core, Governing Board, Ecclesiastical Core, and Minister Selection Committee. In June 2015 Tylor began regularly attending Unity San Francisco. Tylor currently serves as a USF Prayer Chaplain, sings with the Sounds of Unity Choir, previously served on the Building Search Committee, and was employed as USF’s Assistant to the Minister 2017-2019. Tylor enjoys the growth found in so many of the classes, groups, and projects in this wonderful community.
Tylor also serves as an advisor to the Board of Trustees. Tylor finds such growth in listening and offering feedback to the board on the application of ministry mission/vision into actual programs, events, and decisions. (Advisors do not vote on board decisions — voting is done by members holding a seat on the board.)
Tylor currently lives in San Francisco’s Mission District and is wonderfully employed in student services as a local community college. Favorite meditation-styles: mindfulness, reflection, contemplation, visioning, and affirming. Favorite thinkers: Joseph Campbell, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Ray Kurzweil, Ekert Tolle, and Paul Hasselbeck.
Director of Audio/Visual Services
Asistant Director of Audio/Visual Services
Thomas Soto is a recording engineer and composer for media. Graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in Technology and Applied Composition, Thomas joined the Unity team in 2020 to assist with the transition to virtual services. In the past he has also worked freelance recording classical music albumns, and as a head live sound tech for James Logan High School Marching Band & Winter Guard. Strong in administrative skills, Thomas has recently taken up the role as Website Administrator and is currently working to promote Unity SF content to a wider range of people using modern techniques. To listen to his latest work, please vist his website at www.tsotomusic.com
Jared Le Doux
Director of Podcast
Jared LeDoux is a music composer specializing in original music for film and video games. A graduate of the Technology and Applied Composition program at the San Francisco Conservatory and a native of Decatur, Georgia, Jared joined the Unity San Francisco team in May of 2019, where he works on both the A/V team and as a member of the office staff. When not at Unity, he spends his time working on music, drinking tea, and planning his next run. For more information on his work as a composer and to listen to his latest music, please visit www.jaredledoux.com.
Misa Malone was introduced to the joy of singing at a very young age. Raised in the Church and singing lead in front of The Sunshine Band at the tender age of 7 years old, singing became the way to express love and joy; the love of God, and the joy of living and all that it entails. While singing was something that she has always done and enjoyed, it is from the music itself that music derives true pleasure.
A poet and storyteller, also from a young age, she began writing songs and singing them. An onstage performer with the longest running musical in the world, Beach Blanket Babylon, she was blessed to perform for the legendary Tony Bennett, who blew her kisses from the audience.
Misa has completed two studio albums, her sophomore release, Awaited, and her award-winning freshman release, Shades of Blue. An integral member of the Unity San Francisco ministry team, Misa joined the Unity movement five years ago and is currently working on an EP of New Thought music. About her released work, Misa says, “Shades of Blue and Awaited were a birth of many things: lessons learned, love and chaos, and all of the things that make this human life worth living. Now that I have a better understanding of who I am as an artist, who I am in consciousness, and where my music can lead the listener, I am excited to record music that genuinely connects people not only to each other but to the divinity that resides in each of us.”